Embarkation Times - Recent Experiences?

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Stoke on Trent, England
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Well, as some of you know I hate their system, but, whether we think the system needs improving or not, we are going to keep to our boarding time in August to be fair to those passengers who are. (If that makes sense). We are likely to get a 3.30pm time - unless there is a miracle - as we are on Ventura, D deck.

We are staying over in Southampton before we sail and will stay in the hotel as long as we can the day we embark. We will probably take the taxi to the terminal to drop our luggage off and then go in to town to have a meal somewhere. (And then go in to town to pick up a box of wine before we go back ;-) ) We are planning on walking, so will just have to pray for good weather.

Has anyone got an idea of somewhere close by that does a good meal and is reasonable? I.e. between the Ocean Terminal and the town centre. Nothing too fancy as we will be facing 17 nights on the ship !

Thanks
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Kent, England
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If you walk east from the port gate there is the Admiral Sir Lucius Curtiss, a Wetherspoons, again pub lunches and good beer.
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Stoke on Trent, England
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Thanks both, will have a look now. Just picked up cruise brochure so it seems to be getting close -- it is helping our 'Post Cruise Blues' from Britannia.
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Devon
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Originally posted by davecttr
If you walk east from the port gate there is the Admiral Sir Lucius Curtiss, a Wetherspoons, again pub lunches and good beer.
The Port gate to which terminal. Usually I use the Herbert Walker Avenue entrance but there are others.
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Ocean terminal I do believe.
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Just back from Baltic on Britannia. We had 3pm boarding and turned up at 2.50pm - only to find the terminal absolutely packed with backlog of passengers. Apparently there had been a problem with the air bridge disconnecting itself so no one else could get on board until fixed. We eventually were checked in at 4.10pm and had brief settling in time before a delayed muster. Not the best of starts, but the cruise was fantastic and loved the ship. Disembarkation was very orderly - just the usual scrum finding your cases and escaping...!